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By MYRON LOVE On Tuesday, April 21, the Vickar family hosted a celebratory luncheon at the dealership (Vickar Community Chevrolet on Regent) for the top selling General Motors sales team in Canada last year. It was the second time in three years that Vickar Community Chevrolet has led the country in new car sales.


General Manager Sam Vickar reports that the dealership sold close to 1,500 new vehicles last year, almost 100 units more than its next closest competitor. (GM, he says, has close to 500 dealers across Canada.)
On hand for the celebration on the 21st was General Motors Canada’s President Stephen Carlisle (on his first official visit to Winnipeg since becoming president last November); John Roth, Vice President, Sales, Service and Marketing; and Glenn Lemmerick, GM Regional Director, Western Region.

In introducing Carlisle, Vickar Chev president Larry Vickar noted that the new GM president’s visit was the first such visit by a GM president to the dealership in 11 years. “We are thrilled and honoured that Steve Carlisle, John Roth and Glenn Lemmerick are here to help us celebrate our achievement,” Vickar said.

In his remarks Carlisle expressed his admiration for the Vickar family, whose history in the auto business extends back close to 70 years, beginning in Saskatchewan. “People like the Vickar Family remind us about why we are in this business,” Carlisle said. “The Vickar family – as with our other dealers across Canada – strives to make a difference in their community. The Vickar family’s contributions to community inspire all of us.
“I am looking forward to being back here next year to celebrate Vickar Chevrolet once again being the  top GM dealership in Canada.”
John Roth congratulated the entire Vickar Chev sales team for its achievement. “It’s humbling to be here today,” he noted. “It takes a lot of be number one in sales. It talks an attitude, a commitment on behalf of all the team members to work hard to grow the business and provide top notch service to their customers.”
He also praised Sam and Larry Vickar for their contributions personally to General Motors Canada. “Sam and Larry have served on a number of our boards and always provide us with wise advice,” he said.

Larry Vickar commented that the top sales award was a complete team effort that includes the back of the house operations – parts, service and auto body. It is a total commitment to service that keeps customers coming back and makes Vickar Chev the dealership “where customers send their friends”.
“We have a great team here,” Sam Vickar says. “We all work together toward our common goal.”